Fuse 8 n’ Kate: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
I’m just going to give away the game and break down exactly how this podcast plays out between Kate and myself. As you will recall, I’m a parent of two small children. Kate is not. So when we read this book, Kate became a full-throated supported of Team Mouse, while I put all my money down on Team Run-Ragged Kid. Listen and you’ll hear how clearly delineated the line is between parents and non-parents.
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– In case you’re curious what tome I’m talking about here, this is the marvelous book that, honestly, was the best purchase my husband ever made on behalf of our children.
– This the last time this boy will ever smile again.
– At one point, Kate points out that there’s a news article taped to the fridge that appears to be a car accident. What is going on here?
– The sudden, brief appearance of EVIL MOUSE!!!
– All right. Add in your two cents. Are these Hawaiian trees? I say no.
– What is up with that last instruction? Isn’t that just asking for trouble?
– I was actually able to find the Peanuts strip that referenced this book. And voila! From May 25, 1995:
– Here are the sequels I mentioned:
If You Give a Moose a Muffin
If You Give a Pig a Pancake
If You Give a Take a Mouse to the Movies
If You Give a Take a Mouse to School
If You Give a Pig a Party
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake
If You Give a Dog a Donut
If You Give a Give a Mouse a Brownie
“If You Give a Bird a Bundt Cake”, Kate’s suggestion, is completely up for grabs if anyone wants to write that.
– Honestly I looked everyone online but I could not find an image of the bronze sculpture of that cat in Presidential Library for George Bush where it’s sleeping on this book. Internet fail!
– I know you wanted to see it. Here is Michelle Obama reading the book in question:
– Here’s the post from I’m Here, I’m Queer, What the Hell Do I Read? for If You Give a Gay Mouse a Cookie. Here’s a quick peek at it:
– Back by popular demand . . . Children’s Stories Made Horrific: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Honestly, I’m amazed that in my searching I somehow missed The Toast’s fellow piece where the book is interpreted by Ayn Rand.
– And finally. The question that was on all of your minds…. How old was Archie Bunker exactly when All In the Family started? 47 at the start. Phew! Still got seven years there.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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